Pages Menu
Categories Menu

Most recent articles

Heart hands

Posted by on Aug 21, 2020 in Angie Blom Designs, Aqua Sky, Concord and 9th, Heart Hands, Oceanside, Poppy | 1 comment

One of the things I adore most about the paper crafting community is the way they support each other. We have an industry that is trying it’s hardest to make room for everyone at the paper crafting table!  I adore all the creative ladies and gentlemen cheering each other on.  Today’s card used a digital stamp by Angie Bloom Design.  Angie has such a beautiful soul and I am very happy to be sharing my first ever digital stamp creation with one of her stamps.  I’ll be real honest with you, I have resisted the idea of digital stamp for a very long time. I don’t really enjoy computers so they were very intimidating to me. That being said, after reading one or two blog posts about how to use digital stamps I was on my way.  The process can be as easy or as complicated as you would like.  Of course, not being a computer person I chose the easy route. The second reason is for me there just nothing compared to when a red rubber stamp meets the paper!  What an experience. There’s just nothing like it!   Angie also designs for Unity Stamps and over the years I have pickup several of her red rubber stamp designs. But, recently I had noticed she has several just absolutely adorable stamps available as digital stamps and I decided this was a beautiful lady I wanted to support!

Heart Hands really spoke to me as a beautiful stamp that would be perfect for me to practice my skills at coloring skin tones.

Hart Hands Digital stamp by Angie Blom Designs

Is that not just beautiful! I love all the details that Angie has added with the rings, jewelry, and watch.  Each hand uniquely different coming together to make a beautiful heart. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a huge fan of hearts on everything.  I do though appreciate it when used in beauty.  I think sometimes an image can be overused and it loses its meaning. We don’t really think about what that image is truly saying cause we are used to seeing it.  The heat is one of those images for me.


I started off thinking this was just going to be an alcohol ink marker practice.  I set out coloring each hand.

The second step was to color the heart. The third step was to color in around the hands, as I need practice making smooth backgrounds with alcohol markers.

After trying several different dies, I decided on this wonky square die from My Favorite Things. The only problem was the way I had colored the background a bunch of white was going to show where each arm ended.

I decided to trace the outside edge of the die lightly with a pencil. Then extend each arm with a Copic fine liner.  I still don’t know what to do. Was I going back and trying to fix the coloring down each arm.  That seemed overwhelming to me. That’s when I decided to give each lady a simple shirt sleeve

  • The card base is 110 pound Nina solar white.
  • The layers are all from Concord and 9th poppy, aqua sky, oceanside, and peacock
  • The stamped image was printed on Stampin’ Up! whisper white
  • The card was finished with a sentiment fro a Kristina Warner set, tinny words at Simone Says Stamp. This stamp set just stays on my workspace I use it so much!


If you are intimated by digital stamps don’t be!  My main concern was if the printer ink would smear. Which was not a problem at all! My particular ink worked just fine with my alcohol markers! Go check out Angie Blom Designs

I have no affiliation with Angie Blom Designs nor with Unity Stamps. I just enjoy sharing with you guys the stamps I am loving in my craft room!


Autumn Weather with the Inking Royalty

Posted by on Aug 19, 2020 in Embossing, Faux Batik, Heat Embossing | 41 comments

Welcome to the Inking Royalty’s August Blog Hop! During this year’s blog hops, we are enjoying a year of celebrations. This month’s projects celebrate Autumn Weather, so prepare yourself for projects that are filled with warm tones and beautiful nods to the upcoming change in weather. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

You guys know me well enough by now that you know I kinda take a different approach to the blog hop themes. This month is all about Autumn weather.   Fall is a beautiful time of year. We have football, pumpkins, apples, and leaves changing.  I’m sharing with you one of my favorite techniques that reminds me of leaf rubbings.  It doesn’t really look like leaf rubbings but, the technique is beautiful with leaf imagines. Something about the process completely reminded me of leaf rubbings.  I have not done Faux batik in a long time! So, it was definitely time to pull it out of the vault and play.

In thinking about which stamp set to use I landed upon the newish, Forever Fern stamp set. A few reasons why I chose this stamp set.  1. I have had the most success with the Faux Batik technique when using solid images.   2. This stamp set is beautiful!

Forever Fern

Forever Fern stamp set

This red rubber Distinktive style of stamp is so much fun to use!  I really love red rubber stamps and it really makes me happy that Stampin’ Up! has this awesome line of stamps

There are several steps to the Faux Batik technique.  Basically, you stamp the image on tissue paper with versa mark ink. Then heat emboss the image.  I often use metallic embossing powder. But, that is not necessary.  The next step is to use a baby wipe to add ink to the image as it is layered over shimmery white paper.  To see specific instructions please check out this post!

The card base is stamped using the Very Versital stamp set! I truly adore this stamp set! I always tend to overdo the grunge/ vintage look. As you can see above.  But, seriously, overdone it is still pretty

Very versatile

Very versatile stamp set

If you don’t have this beautiful stamp set you need it!  I used early espresso, mint macaron, and silver ink to create the background.  I also did a little sponging with Mango Melody   The thinking of you stamp was in my Very Versital stamp case. So, I really have no idea where it belongs. At the time I thought it was in the right place.

Each of your comments makes me smile! Please, comment HERE.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it! If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Sheryl Sharp at Sharp Notes by Sheryl
  3. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  4. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  5. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Rachel Brumley at Artistic Designs by Rachel
  8. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  9. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  10. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery
  11. Joanne Brown at Stamping with JoJo
  12. Sheryl Abernathy at Elegant Sentiments
  13. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  14. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  15. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  16. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  17. Ann Murray at Murray Stamps Ink

I’m so glad you have taken the time to hop along with us today!  Please take the time to continue to hop along! I know everyone will have many beautiful autumn inspiration for you!  Remember to always find a moment in your day to be creative!

Peace my loves-